Illinois

Officers Subject to Recall:

  • The governor.

Key Steps in the Recall Process:

  • Recall petition may be commenced six months after beginning of governor’s term. Affidavit shall have been signed by proponent of recall petition, at least 20 members of the House of Representatives, and at least 10 members of the Senate.
  • No specific grounds are required.
  • Petition must be submitted 150 days after initiation.
  • Signature requirement equal to 15% of the total votes cast for Governor in preceding gubernatorial election.

Read the code at Const. Article 3, §7.

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News & Commentary

Illinois Legislator Pushes Bill to Allow Recall of Chicago Mayor Emanuel | 12/14/15

CHICAGO -- Amid ongoing protests in the city of Chicago, an Illinois state legislator who introduced a bill that would allow Rahm Emanuel to be removed from office by a recall vote says city residents feel abandoned by the embattled mayor.

"We have not seen the tip of the iceberg yet," Rep. La Shawn Ford said on Thursday, saying voters had lost "trust and confidence" in the mayor.

"People are hurt, people have died, people feel that they are forgotten about in the city of Chicago," the Chicago Democrat added.

Legislation drafted by Ford would revise a 1941 law and create a ballot procedure for voters in the city to petition for Emanuel's ouster. He said he hadn't wanted to introduce his recall measure but constituents were demanding it.

Emanuel, a former congressman and chief of staff to President Barack Obama, has come under fire for his handling of the city's police force, which the Department of Justice announced on Tuesday would be subject to a federal investigation.

In a statement, Emanuel's office brushed off the prospect of a recall election, saying "the mayor's focus is not on his own personal politics."

Ford, however, expects the pressure -- and protests -- to grow.

"Until there is real change and real reform in the way the city of Chicago is operating, I don't think people are going to let up," he said. "People are not going to let up because this is the moment the people who really fight for justice and equality in Chicago have been waiting for.

"Right now, the city is disturbed, the city is all messed up right now."

Thursday night, protesters again took to the streets of Chicago, as they have since the release of dashcam footage that shows the police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

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Illinois Recall Headed to Approval | 11/02/10

"Illinois voters tonight are favoring giving themselves a limited ability to recall wayward governors should the state encounter another Rod Blagojevich or George Ryan in the coming decades. A recall referendum attracted 66 percent support with 53 percent of the unofficial statewide vote counted. The question that topped the ballot needed a favorable vote from 60 percent of the people voting on it or a majority of the people casting ballots in the election overall. Critics say Illinois' version is recall-lite. It would only apply to the governor. And the constitutional amendment is laden with significant ways for the powers-that-be to stop or slow down this type of citizen revolt."

Click here for the full story from The Chicago Tribune online.

ACLU Calls Illinois Recall Proposal -- What Else? -- Unconstitutional | 10/25/10

"Under constituents' heat to deal with corruption exemplified by the multiple-count indictment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), Illinois legislators on Oct. 15 approved placing a recall of governors law on the November 2 ballot. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is rattling its sword, however, warning that the measure would lead to expensive litigation, which is the ACLU's way of pressuring public officials without even filing a lawsuit. Illinois ACLU Legal Director Harvey Grossman suggested the legislature start over with a new draft, according to the Associated Press. The recall law is expected to pass, however."

Click here for the full story from The Daily Caller.

Each state has its own requirements as to the manner in which petitions must be collected, signed and filed. It is imperative that official recall committees are legally formed in each state according to the state laws and regulations. The handling of the petitions must comply with the laws and regulations of each state.